Created By: EmbracingShadows on June 26, 2011 Last Edited By: EmbracingShadows on March 6, 2013

Did You Just Team Up With Cthulhu?

When a mortal and an Eldritch Abomination become friends and/or team up.

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Not all cosmic entities hate humans arbitrarily. At the very least, some of them might recognize their potential, and sometimes they might even develop a genuine fascination with them. When a supposed Eldritch Abomination sides with a human (or any manner of "lower being", for that matter), that is Did You Just Team Up With Cthulhu. This will most likely be done by a Badass Normal or Badass Abnormal.

Of course, with an ally so high on the Super Weight scale, the character risks becoming a Boring Invincible Hero/Villain, so for the plot to move forward, it is necessary that the alliance be either brief, strained, conditional, or rivaled (meaning there is an enemy of roughly equal or greater power to contend with).

Contrast Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu? where a normal and an Eldritch Abomination associate casually, Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?, where this goes beyond a mere alliance/friendship. May result from Summon Bigger Fish, or from a combination of Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? and Defeat Means Friendship. Distinct from Pals with Jesus in that this refers to a team with an actual task to fulfill.

This trope only applies to the being allying itself with a specific individual or team of individuals. And it has to be out of respect or mutually beneficial. If the "lower being(s)" achieve this partnership by manipulating a weakness, it's Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Film
  • The interactions in Aladdin between the titular character and his Benevolent Genie are a good example of this.
  • Subverted in Gamera 3: Revenge Of Irys. At first it seems like Irys and Ayana have teamed up to stop the rampaging Gamera. But, it turns out Irys is evil and is simply using Ayana's hatred of Gamera to make him stronger and allow him to assimilate Ayana into his body so he can become strong enough to kill Gamera and allow the Gyaos to wipe out all of humanity.

Literature

Video Games
  • Catching the legendaries in any Pokémon game is somewhat an example of this, especially in the fourth generation, where they're basically Physical Gods.
  • Mantorok in Eternal Darkness works with certain humans out of necessity, but arguably has some measure of respect for them.

Western Animation
  • This was done by Cartman in South Park. When making a comic book story he had his Author Avatar, The Coon, teamed up with Cthulhu. It gets funnier when he treats Cthulhu as a second-rate member of his team by referring to their team as, "The Coon and Friend," and placates Cthulhu by faithfully re-creating the famous dog and kitten scene from the Looney Tunes short Feed the Kitty.
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  • June 26, 2011
    fluffything
    • Several of the Pokemon movies involve Legendary Pokemon, some of whom are physical gods, aiding the heroes against the Big Bad. This is especially the case for Giratina, a ghost-dragon Pokemon that even dwells in an Eldritch Location.
  • June 26, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Odin is on Harry Dresden's side in Changes.
  • June 26, 2011
    fluffything
    • Subverted in Gamera 3: Revenge Of Irys. At first it seems like Irys and Ayana have teamed up to stop the rampaging Gamera. But, it turns out Irys is evil and is simply using Ayana's hatred of Gamera to make him stronger and allow him to assimilate Ayana into his body so he can become strong enough to kill Gamera and allow the Gyaos to wipe out all of humanity.
  • June 27, 2011
    Aielyn
    The trope name is weak, mostly due to the hyphen and question mark. Trope names are best if you can avoid using punctuation in them. Beyond that, "high-five" is a bit of a weak term for it. How about Did You Just Team Up With Cthulhu - "team up with" is more descriptive, and keeps the same rhythm as "have tea with".
  • June 27, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I happen to like "high five" Cthulhu, and I think it gets across that they are buddies and working together. That's what i got from it without even have to read the Laconic. "Fist Bump" I think is also a fun term for it.
  • June 27, 2011
    Lomerell
    What about "High-Fiving Cthulhu", changing question to statement?
  • June 27, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Aielyn: Actually with the new custome title system punctuation isn't as much of a problem as it was with ptitles.
  • June 27, 2011
    terrafox
    This was done by Cartmen in South Park. When making a comic book story had his Author Avatar, The Coon teamed up with Cthulhu. It gets funnier when he treats Cthulhu as a second-rate member of his team by referring to their team as, "The Coon and Friend," and placates Cthulhu by faithfully re-creating the famous dog and kitten scene from the Looney Tunes short Feed the Kitty.
  • June 27, 2011
    Ekuran
    Compare Did You Just Romance Cthulhu, when this goes beyond mere friendship.
  • June 27, 2011
    fluffything
    • Occurs in the Godzilla films whenever Godzilla decides to play the hero and side with humanity against more evil monsters.
    • Hellsing has an Eldritch Abomination level vampire in the form of Alucard, who works for an organization that specializes in hunting vampires. It helps that he's extremely loyal to his master and finds the vampires he hunts to be worthless scum.
  • June 27, 2011
    Catstorm
    In the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, you will eventually be able to recruit the Legendary Pokemon onto your rescue/exploration team.
  • June 27, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    ^^ Since Godzilla is siding with humanity in general rather than a particular individual, it's more a case of Anti Hero.
  • June 27, 2011
    TwinBird
    Mantorok in Eternal Darkness.
  • June 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Godzilla teamed up with some humans in The Godzilla Power Hour.

    In the King Kong cartoon series Kong teams with a young boy.
  • June 27, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    ^ I don't think King Kong and Godzilla count as Cthulhu so much, they're big and that's it. They fall short of the Eldritch Abomination line in that they don't have any dangerous supernatural powers besides their size.
  • June 27, 2011
    MetaFour
    How is this different from Pals With Jesus?
  • June 27, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    ^ Because this refers to them teaming up to fulfill an actual task, rather than just being friends.
  • June 27, 2011
    MrInsecure
    In Exalted, it's possible to be one of the Abyssal or Infernal Exalted, who help two different sets of Eldritch Abominations: the former serve the Neverborn, who want to destroy all of existence, while the latter serve the Yozis, who want to escape their prison and get back at the gods and Exalted who imprisoned them in the first place. Of course, how buddy-buddy each Exalt remains with his "bosses" is up to him. Some remain loyal; others decide they have other things to do.
  • June 28, 2011
    TBTabby
    In that case, you should change the name. High-fiving is usually done between friends, not people teaming up out of necessity.
  • June 28, 2011
    FastEddie
    Come up with a name, not a line of dialog. And not a snowclone.
  • June 29, 2011
    Arivne
  • June 29, 2011
    xIrelandx
    Kind of happens in Soul Eater. They team up with Magnificent Bastard Medusa, who then turns around and tries to kill Maka right after the battle they teamed up for.
  • June 29, 2011
    Aminatep
    Those who offer a Deal With The Devil in Death Note don't always cooperate with the mortals, but when they do, it's this sort of thing.
  • June 29, 2011
    jcdietz03
    Here's a possibly related example: In Cthulu Saves The World for Xbox360 and PC, you ARE Cthulu. He teams up with some Badass Normal s to save the world.
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    In Exit Fate, enigmatic Humanoid Abomination Shin is a recruitable party member. He and the main character still don't especially like each other though.
  • December 18, 2011
    cityofmist
    The Winchesters manage to get Death on their side a few times in Supernatural.
  • March 6, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • Shin Megami Tensei has you forming contracts and summoning various supernatural beings from any and all kinds of mythologies. This ranges from weak Pixies to Satan and Lucifer. Some of the game even feature Lovecraftian monsters like Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep themselves.
    • In Devil Survivor 2, aside from standard Shin Megami Tensei demons, it is also possible to recruit Anguished One AKA Al Saiduq AKA Alcor, the Eighth Septentriones into your party in one route. Naturally, he's far weaker than when you face him as a boss in his Septentriones form in other routes.
  • March 6, 2013
    AgProv
    Literature:
    • In Thud, Sam Vimes faces down and defeats the powerful and ancient Dwarfen entity of rage and vengeance, The Summoning Dark. In the sequel novel Snuff, the Summoning Dark, which has attached itself to Vimes, is seen as "tamed" to the cause of law and justice, and offers Vimes its talents and abilities in seeking out murder and greed in dark places: it places its abilities completely at Vimes' disposal.
  • March 6, 2013
    Arivne
    Note that Fast Eddie said back in 2011 that the name could not sound like a line of dialogue, so "Did you <blank> with Cthulhu" is Right Out.

    If it's launched with that title he will send it to the Cut List (he's done it before).
  • March 6, 2013
    MokonaZero
    In Disgaea 4 A Promise Unforgotten Desco joins the heroes in the hopes that she will become a True Final Boss. She is revealed to be an Eldritch Abomination created by Fuka's father in a lab.
  • March 6, 2013
    MissKitten
    I like this snowclone. *grumble* How about Teaming Up With Cthulhu?
  • March 6, 2013
    Antonymous
    Is this supposed to be restricted to alliances with Eldritch Abominations (which is rare, because they don't usually need help), or to include other powerful supernatural allies? Most of the examples are the latter. (This may just be another instance of overly broad use of Eldritch Abominations.)
  • March 6, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • The Flood of the Halo series is a horrific parasite that controls corpses, was responsible for the extinction of several species, and generally requires a Nuke Em response to even make a dent in their numbers. At the climax of Halo 3, it teams up with the good guys to help them defeat the Covenant, who are about to mistakenly fire a superweapon that will wipe out all life in the galaxy. As soon as they stop it, the Flood promptly betrays them.
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